A staple in so many French dishes, chervil is a perennial herb that looks and tastes very similar to parsley. In fact, you can use it in whipping up anything that has parsley in it. Aside from making food smell and taste amazing as well as look phenomenal (yes, it’s also great for garnishing), chervil actually offers a number of health and beauty benefits, like:
It Serves as an Expectorant
Adding chervil to soups and stews or turning it into tea is recommended if you are suffering from an upper respiratory tract infection and you cannot breathe comfortably. That’s because this herb is a well-known all-natural expectorant in the world of traditional healing. By promoting the thinning and elimination of excess phlegm and mucus, both breathing difficulty and chest pain can be alleviated.
It Helps Put an End to Inflammation
Since it has anti-inflammatory effects, the consumption of chervil is also beneficial for people with asthma and acute bronchitis. Its ability to ward off inflammation also makes it very good at preventing all sorts of health problems that are often linked to inflammation. Some examples include diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
It Lowers Heart Disease Risk
Traditionally, chervil is used for lowering bad cholesterol levels, thanks to its amazing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You don’t want to have increased cholesterol in the bloodstream because it can clog up your arteries and eventually cause your blood pressure to rise. If left untreated, high blood pressure can damage your organs like the eyes and kidneys, as well as increase your chance of having a stroke and heart attack.
It Eases Painful and Swollen Joints
Your heart is not the only one that can benefit from chervil’s anti-inflammatory properties, but also your joints. Rather than pop a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID in your mouth, consider adding chervil to your diet. It can help eliminate joint pain and swelling but without causing side effects that NSAIDs commonly bring forth.
It Helps Purify Your Body
Chervil is commonly employed by traditional healers in removing toxins and waste products in the body. It is said that the herb that closely resembles parsley is very good at purifying the liver. Also, chervil may be used for flushing out excess water and increasing urine production, thus helping to have the kidneys cleansed. Since it is capable of removing unwanted water in the body, it’s also usually used as a remedy for bloating and edema.
It Can Bring Hiccups to an End
Tried various home remedies for hiccups such as drinking a glass of cold water, holding your breath for a few seconds and putting a spoonful of sugar or peanut butter in your mouth but the problem didn’t go away? A lot of people swear by the effectiveness of chewing on some chervil leaves against hiccups. Try it!
It Promotes Younger-Looking Skin
Chervil contains good amounts of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that saves your skin cells from being damaged by free radicals. Due to this, the effects of the passing of time on your skin can be delayed. Also, vitamin C is a nutrient that’s important for the synthesis of collagen. You may already know that collagen is a type of protein that helps ward off and erase wrinkles by making your skin soft as well as supple.
It Cures Various Skin Issues
The anti-inflammatory properties of chervil make it an effective all-natural treatment for acne. Pound some fresh chervil leaves and stalk and daub the oils on problem areas of the skin. The said oils may also be applied on eczema and psoriasis, helping to alleviate swelling and itchiness associated with the said skin conditions.
It Makes Your Hair Thick and Healthy
Chervil oil is known to be very good for your mane, too. On a regular basis, you may have it massaged on your scalp in order to keep the hair follicles in tip-top shape, thus stimulating hair growth. It’s the perfect solution if it looks as though you are losing more hair strands than normal.